Stopper-esque performance from Arroyo
The Reds didn’t really snap out of their offensive malaise from the weekend, but they did just long enough thanks to Miguel Cairo’s two-run homer for a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.
But the story of the game was Bronson Arroyo: 8 ip (season high), 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. 103 pitches/69 strikes. At one point, he retired 12 in a row before Aaron Hill’s home run to begin the fifth.
“Everything is about location,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He had great location. He wasn’t over the heart of the plate. He was inside or outside, up or down. You know how Bronson gets. He can go four or five starts and get shelled. Then he can go another seven, eight in a row and nobody hits him. It’s about location and movement, velocity and feeling.”
That was exactly the type of game the Reds needed to head off a losing streak, especially with the Yankees rolling in here on Monday. The right guy is pitching on Monday in Johnny Cueto to put two in a row together.
*Until Cairo’s homer in the fifth off Carlos Villanueva, the Reds had a stretch of 16-straight scoreless innings since the seventh inning on Friday.
*The defensive play of the game came just before in the top of the fifth, shortly after Hill’s leadoff homer. With runners on the corners and no outs, John McDonald botched a safety-squeeze attempt and popped out to Joey Votto. Votto promptly fired to third base and caught Juan Rivera diving back for the double play.
*Votto’s lined two-out single in the first inning snapped a 0-for-10 skid.
*The Reds were 0-for-6 with RISP and stranded eight men on base.
*The club’s six-game Interleague losing streak is over.
*The Reds are 11-15 in one-run games this season.
“That probably changed the whole game. If I didn’t get that right there, he gets the bunt down, they probably score a run and I’ve only got one out and they’ve got a guy on second base. That was huge, Votto being aware enough that the guy was off third base over the crowd noise. Getting that double play definitely turned the game around.” — Bronson Arroyo on Votto turning the double play.
“I told the guys on the bench that was a game saver. We need some breaks like that sometimes.” — Dusty Baker on the same play.
“You’ve got to dispel that feeling. Your attitude and outlook controls a lot in the ballgame, whether you know it or not. That’s what I’ve learned over the course of the years. You try to dispel all those negative thoughts and feelings and try to think that something good is going to happen. If you’re in a tight ballgame, you have a good opportunity for something good to happen.” — Baker on the Reds missing the big hit in scoring chances today.